Women Killing Them With CHIC - Creating Happiness, Inspiring Confidence
I usually feature a lot more women, but this time around decided to only feature 3. I have this thing with numerology and thought it's my 3rd 'Women Killing Them With CHIC' post, and it's also the 3rd month of the year... Anyway the number sequence 333 has a deep meaning to me. I take it as a sign from my momma, ancestors, angels and high vibrational beings letting me know that I am protected, loved, and on the right path in life. (I'm totally a 'that's a sign' kind of gal)
This blog post is extra special today because it's International Women's Day! If you're a women and reading this bust out your best bottle of champagne because we are also celebrating YOU and all of your amazingness. Here are this months' 3 magical women on social media spreading love, positivity and doing amazing things for humanity and the world.
"I’ve always been interested in the human experience in which I pursued an undergraduate degree in Psychology at San Diego State University. With so much negativity surrounding social media and around the world I wanted to create an account that spreads love and new ideas influenced by music, art, philosophy, and of course psychology. Also, I can’t forget about my lovely ladies out there. I was raised by strong independent women so it comes to no surprise that I like to post a empowering messages for them. Truthfully, this page is personal to me and a reminder not just for my followers but for myself to always stay true to the knowledge and wisdom I’ve learned on my journey thus far."
I have known this little ray of sunshine since she was 12 years old and she has always been an old soul full of knowledge and wisdom. Her love for people, music, art, and anything good vibes oozes out of her. You feel uplifted and joyful simply being around her so when she started her IG page I was thrilled to know she'd be spreading positivity and love through this account as she does to the people that are so lucky to personally know her.
• IG: https://www.instagram.com/mentally_ch.ill/ https://www.instagram.com/lailanieg/
Dr. Akilah Cadet, MPH As a young woman of color, Dr. Akilah Cadet experienced judgement, "isms", and numerous barriers in the workplace. She was tired of feeling overlooked, stereotyped, too educated, and mentally exhausted constantly trying to prove she deserved the role. One day she thought, “what if I could change that?” and after 15+ years in the industry Change Cadet was started. She is the founder of Change Cadet, an Oakland based consulting firm that aims to support women, people of color, and underserved communities, through coaching, strategy, and organizational change. Cadet is a French term that means soldier and Change Cadet prepares soldiers of change to overcome barriers in the workforce so there can be more women and people of color at the top. She wants women and people of color to know they have something special, for companies to truly recognize the value of their employees, and to assure that no one would feel how she felt most of her career. As a woman of color, Dr. Cadet uses humor, personal and professional experiences as well as a touch of Beyoncé to inspire her work. You can find her on IG sharing some love or giving quick tools and tips at one of her talks or blog posts.
I have never met Akilah personally but immediately loved her for her humor, wit and deep passion for supporting other women. Her and I started commenting on each others posts and I felt the sisterhood vibes come through my iPhone screen. It's like we both knew we were on the same team. We both have the same mission to uplift and encourage other women. Got to love a smart, genuine, funny, real woman and Dr. Akilah is all that.
• IG/Twitter/FB: @changecadet
Bere Diaz Pandit currently lives in Grant Hill, San Diego. Fun Fact: She self
taught herself to make jewelry watchingYoutube videos! "Of course not everything but when I first started my business, I learned how to wire wrap and solder from off the internet." She comes from a family of entrepreneurs. She always knew that she wanted to work for herself and has always been a jewelry junkie, in the past she had bad luck purchasing expensive “costume” jewelry. "I'd always get rashes and the jewelry would turn my fingers into the hulk!" So she created her business with the plan to only use high quality metals and still be affordable. She says finding a brand name was one of the hardest things she had to do. "It's like naming your baby!" She was looking for positive words that represented who she is and wanted to incorporate 1985, her birth year. Her jewelry is made from her heart and not mass produced. She pays close attention to her customers and listens to what they have to say. "I have a lot of repeat customers that are passionate about my business and how they feel wearing my jewelry."
I couldn't agree with Bere more. I have done countless pop up shops and collaborations with this magical woman. She has a following of women stopping by her booth every time to stock up on more Sweet 1985 jewels! She puts her heart into each and every piece she creates and it's awesome to see her passionately speak to her customers about the inspiration and process behind her art work. I love her jewelry so much that I started selling it on my site! It's badass and even better- hulk free fingers!
• IG: https://www.instagram.com/sweet1985jewels/
• FB: https://www.facebook.com/sweet1985jewels/
But wait there's more....
First off HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY! I definitely don't want to put a damper on this magical day, but I read this quote and it really made me reflect.
"The women whom I admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because shit worked out. They got that way because shit went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days. Those women are my superheroes."
It made me think of superheroes like my grandmother who sacrificed everything to leave Mexico for a better life for her and her children. Superheroes like my mother who worked her ass off and did EVERYTHING for my brother and I. She made sure we felt loved and protected and although she is no longer physically here, we both continue to feel her spirit and love though our dreams, numbers (333) and nature, primarily hummingbirds.
Superheroes like the women who have to leave their family and homes because they aren't allowed to have an education simply because of their gender. Superheroes like the women who have been sexually abused, mentally and physically and choose to empower others through their experience. Superheroes like the women working two jobs to support and feed their children. Superheroes like the women who have bravely stood up and said #metoo. Superheroes like the women behind the Time's Up movement who are committed to social action. Superheroes like the women taking the streets of America demanding their country stop fucking them over.
Here's the truth: Women are oppressed everywhere. Not a single country has achieved gender equality. If you are a women living today, you are oppressed. Let me be clear this is NOT a pity post, this is a Pussy Power post just like the quote; shit has gone wrong for us ages after ages and yet we stand united and full of tenacity. Although there is so much more work to be done, we WILL prevail! We, women are all superheroes.